Upright Five (#5) – Upright Brewing (Portland, OR, USA)


Upright Five (#5) – Upright Brewing, 5.5% ABV, 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz. (Portland, Oregon, USA)

-It’s been awhile since I’ve had an Upright Brewing beer. From what I remember their beers were top notch and full interesting flavour accompanied by a rich textured body.

on the back label:

“Five is a well hopped saison featuring an aromatic nose of pale stone fruits with contrasting herbaceous notes, underscored on the tongue by firm bitterness that lasts through a dry finish.

Upright produces four ‘numbered’ beers using local malts, hops from the Annen Brothers farm in Mt. Angel, and a saison yeast perfectly suited to our open fermentation vessels. These beers are named after their starting gravity in Belgian brewing degrees. This method is a nod to the days when breweries solely distributed to their respective neighborhoods with nothing but a number on the cap to distinguish them – a time before the overly branded products of today. We hope that you appreciate the absence of gimmicks at Upright and enjoy the beers in the same sincere fashion that they are made.”


  • Style: Saison
  • Taste: Creamy full-bodied peach apricot sweet malt bread dry soft hopped
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn @ Hastings/Burnaby
  • How much: $12 (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., December 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: unlikely
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: YES!

Visual: Pours translucent dirty orange with a MASSIVE super-long-lasting ultra foamy head with sticky lacing, countless fine micro streams.

Nose: bretty citrus but not offensive. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: fruity full-bodied, alcoholic hit

Mid-palate: brettanomycitic tangy-acidity, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) elderflower, peach, apricot, barley malts, bready sweet

Finish: dry hoppy soft bitter, lingering malt finish.

Summary: I have not seen such a beautiful head like this in a long time. I have not tasted such unique and agreeable flavours in a long time. All-around quality.